Kittrell Job Corps Center: Groundhogs not alone looking for shadows this weekend

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 12:45 AM


On Friday, Kittrell Job Corps Center, along with employers and students from across the country, will take part in Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

Since 1999, this initiative has paired student “shadows” with “workplace mentors” in an effort introduce students to the workplace and help them understand how academics and careers are connected. The goal is to match more than 1 million young people with workplace mentors. On behalf of Job Corps, Kittrell Job Corps Center will join national event sponsors and students, businesses and community members in the Vance County area on Friday in providing valuable workplace experience to students.

Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce; Bank of America; Employment Security Commission; Beckford Medical Center; Vance County Fire Dept.; United Way Volunteer Center, Vance-Granville Community College, Henderson Mayor Pete O’Geary; Vance County Sheriff Peter White; Keith Sidwell, Henderson Police Chief; Vance County commissioner, Terry Garrison; U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C.; Sara Coffey’s Bail Bond Services; and Walgreens are just some of the local business and organizations that will be participating.

In a statement, Ty Graham, center director, wrote “Kittrell Job Corps Center students (will) see firsthand how the skills they learn in the classroom are used in the workplace. They will also be exposed to new and exciting careers and to network with employers and other organizations. This Job Shadow opportunity will greatly motivate and inspire them to obtain their academic and career technical training to become employable ... Job Corps understands the importance of making the connection between center classrooms and employer workplaces, and Groundhog Job Shadow Day offers our students another opportunity to do just that.”

For information on admissions, call (919) 954-0691 or call (252) 438-9106. For general information about Job Corps, search